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 News    July 11, 2018 

Public Safety Log July 11, 2018

July 9 3:58 a.m. - Caller reported a male who looked disoriented wandering around, Main and Wiley Creek. Caller thought he could see blood on his face. Officer unable to locate anyone matching the description. 4:53 a.m. - Caller reported a male with...

 
 News    July 11, 2018 

Man gets 4 years for skateboard attack

Steven Zachery Koechig, of Sweet Home, was sentenced to four years in prison June 26 by Linn County Circuit Judge Fay Stetz-Waters after pleading no contest June 15 to attempted first-degree assault....

 

Public Safety July 4, 2018

June 29 12:24 a.m. - Caller reported a cougar walking down the road in front of Hawthorne School, Clark Mill and Long. Officer checked the area. Unable to locate. 2:15 a.m. - Chavana Ann Bowser, 26, cited and released in field on Lebanon warrant for... Full story

 

OSP arrests Sweet Home man on wildlife violation charges

A Sweet Home man is facing a series of wildlife violation charges after his arrest on June 14. Nathan J. Rice, 40, was arrested and lodged at Linn County Jail on a parole violation detainer and multiple criminal citations for possession of firearms...

 

Two men arrested after burglary at Safeway

Sweet Home police arrested two men who allegedly broke into and stole cigarettes from Safeway early Thursday morning, June 21. According to Chief Jeff Lynn, police were notified at about 7:42 a.m.... Full story

 

Public Safety Log June 27, 2018

June 24 1:12 p.m. - Dustin Kye Coughran, 28, arrested on Linn County warrant for probation violation of possession of meth and Lebanon warrant for probation violation and contempt of court on original charge of third-degree theft, 2405 Main St.,... Full story

 

SH man gets 8 years for sodomy

Daniel Jay Shoemaker of Sweet Home was sentenced June 20 before Judge DeAnn L. Novotny in Linn County Court to eight years and four months in prison for first-degree sodomy. Shoemaker will remain on...

 

Public Safety June 20, 2018

June 18 1:38 a.m. - Timothy Loren Ames Jr., 29, arrested for third-degree theft, 2405 Main St., Circle K. Cited and released. 2:22 a.m. - Jeffrey Oliver Deffenbaugh, 55, arrested for misdemeanor...

 

Two suspects nabbed after pursuits from Thriftway

Police arrested two people accused of shoplifting at Sweet Home Thriftway in separate incidents last week after store employees confronted and followed them. Using a Linn County Sheriff's Office...

 

Public Safety June 13, 2018

June 11 12:10 a.m. - Joshua Thomas Henderson, 27, arrested on Linn County warrant for first-degree theft, 1283 44th Ave. Cited and released. June 10 2:46 a.m. - Christina Sue Evans, 42, cited for no license and no insurance, Clark Mill and railroad....

 

Circuit Court local round-up: guilty plea and sentencing

Daniel Jay Shoemaker Daniel Jay Shoemaker, 33, of Sweet Home pleaded guilty June 7 in Linn County Circuit Court to first-degree sodomy. Shoemaker had originally been charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy, a class A felony. The charge is in...

 

Public Safety June 6, 2018

June 4 2:50 a.m. - Joseph Dean Rosa, 33, cited for failure to register vehicle, 2405 Main St., Circle K. 3:01 a.m. - Caller reported that he was out of town, and a neighbor called saying a male was...

 

Former chamber manager arrested

Sweet Home police arrested the former executive director of the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce Friday morning, May 25. Katrina Crabtree, who separated from the chamber in March 2017, was charged with...

 

Crawfordsville bookkeeper sentenced

A former local bookkeeper, Petreena Marie Clow, was sentenced last week to serve 90 days in jail and pay $117,600 in fines and restitution following her guilty pleas to seven felony counts. Linn...

 

Three SH-area fires do damage over Memorial Day weekend

Two fires destroyed a shop and a piece of heavy equipment on Friday and Sunday, then a third on Monday burned roughly a half acre and three pine trees Friday through Monday in the Sweet Home area....

 

Public Safety May 30, 2018

Editor’s Note: The majority of last week’s police logs from Sweet Home Police Department were not available at press time. See next week’s edition for those missing here. May 27 12:34 p.m. – Anonymous caller reported loud music in the 27800...

 

Public Safety May 23, 2018

May 21 1:14 a.m. - Travis Gary Hummer, 32, arrested on Sweet Home warrant for failure to comply on original charge of misdemeanor driving while suspended, Albany. Cited and released. May 20 8:41 a.m....

 

Tangent man killed in SH motorcycle crash

A Tangent man was killed early Tuesday morning, May 18, in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of Mountain View Road and Ames Creek Drive. Sweet Home Police Chief Jeff Lynn said his office was notified of a collision at that location at...

 

Public Safety May 16, 2018

May 13 1:08 a.m. - Caller reported her vehicle was hit while parked, 1800 block of Ames Creek. Report taken. Damage greater than $2,500. 8:04 a.m. - Caller found a syringe in his backyard, 4200 block of Long. Officer disposed of syringe. 9:50 a.m. -...

 

Drug bust on Main Street results in 13 arrests

Officers arrested 13 people during a narcotics-related search warrant served at 8:04 a.m. on May 9. SHPD with assistance from members of the Linn County Interagency Narcotics Team, the Linn County...

 

SH man, 70, gets 25 years after pleading guilty to sexual abuse

John Edward Birman, 70, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on four counts of sex-abuse related charges on May 9. Birman was arrested on Jan. 6 at a residence on Osage Street in Sweet Home. He faced...

 
 News    May 9, 2018

Public Safety May 9, 2018

May 7 12:08 a.m. - Timothy Loren Ames Jr., 28, arrested on Linn County warrant for failure to appear on original charges of possession of meth and carrying a concealed weapon, 2300 block of Main. Transported to Linn County Jail. May 6 12:24 a.m. -...

 
 News    May 9, 2018

Police arrest man linked to April 3 pursuit, crash

Ryan Kelly Rikala, 31, who fled officers on April 3 after crashing into a Sweet Home Police Department vehicle was arrested on May 4. "We were able to receive information from a concerned citizen...

 
 News    May 2, 2018

Public Safety May 2, 2018

April 29 11:27 a.m. - Caller reported that a male was sending inappropriate photos and videos through Instagram to her 11-year-old daughter, 1700 block of 12th. Officer helped parents block and report the account. The parents would continue to... Full story

 

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